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“It’s Hard To Remember/What We Did Last November…”

As audio animatronics of the


continue cackling and crackling from lap-tops to parties to venue stages at such a high-voltage, even the most obstinate blogger who scoffed six months ago that this [quote] “tumblr hipster bullshit” [that] “just live[s] on blogs and MySpace ha ha” might dare agree that—run-on sentences and forum snark notwithstanding — indeed there’s something/something’s in the air…

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Lindsay Lohan, animated gif, witch house

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Not only are the groups’ names being spoken — †‡† is pronounced “Rrritualzzz,” FYI — but these makers of music & mayhem have also entered the arena of giggery. Personal appearances. Merchandising. Just, you know, going through the motions, as if they were *AHEM!* actual artists rather than the punch-line of an elaborate internet hoax.

Wait.A.Minute. // O. HAI GUISE!  I C U THURR in those newspaper articles, snot-slick magazine pages…why, the cover of XLR8R, even!

Not bad for a micro-genre, complete-with-mocking-air-quotes. A genre, incidentally, that’s escaped the internet ethers within which it was once confined: fodder for chat rooms, flame wars, skeezy mp3-swaps-and-swipes via Rapidshare…

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No, this isn’t the first time I’ve written about witch house, and it’s highly unlikely it’ll be my last. Point of the matter is: I’m not alone. There’s been a veritable tidal wave of media addressing the subject as of late, some of which I’ll provide links to here in a hot little minute. However, first and foremost, I feel compelled  to acknowledge Tom Ewing of The Guardian [ UK ], who — albeit indirectly — alluded to a correlation between the cinematic quality of the genre and what Samuel Taylor Coleridge referred to as the ‘willing suspension of disbelief.’

Ewing’s articles concludes:

“That is why witch house isn’t for the casual listener — not because it’s hard to find, or expensive, or particularly “difficult,” but because it requires a certain sacrifice of reserve, maybe even of dignity: you buy into it whole or not at all. In that sense it fits its horror trappings perfectly — a ghost story requires exactly the same willingness to be affected. You might still come away thinking it’s rubbish — aesthetics can be poorly realised or fundamentally flawed, after all (and ghost stories not scary). But what witch house tells me is that genres now aren’t exercises in innovation or marketing, so much as ways of framing an experience. And if you won’t feel open to that experience, your investigation of it won’t get far.”

Coleridge coined the phrase ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ with regard to poetry and literature. At this juncture in time (1817), writings involving the supernatural were no longer en vogue, in part “due to the declining belief in witches and other supernatural agents among the educated classes, who embraced the rational approach to the world offered by the new science.”

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